For many freelance writers, writing isn’t the hard part of the job – it’s getting organized. If you’re like me, you didn’t find this post by accident. You found it because you felt a little overwhelmed with all of the projects you have to manage as a freelance writer.
The good news is there are no shortage of useful and free (or low-cost) project management tools for freelance writers. You just have to find the right fit.
To make things simple, I’ve narrowed down the long list of project management tools to just three. This is based on both the average score from TrustRadius reviews and how relevant these project management tools are to freelance writing. Ready? Let’s jump in!
With an average score of 8.2 out of 10 based on TrustRadius reviews, there’s no question that Trello is doing something right. Based on my own experience, that something is a powerful organizational tool for freelancers and remote teams alike.
Trello is a free task management tool – for freelancers, task management is project management. The tool is organized around individual cards that are powerfully customizable. You can add attachments, to do lists, deadlines, labels and more. Even better, Trello is integrated with other crucial tools for freelance writers, like Google Drive and DropBox.
Freelancer writers can organize cards however they want – weekly and daily to do lists, proposals to submit, pending ideas. The sky’s the limit! Well, maybe not literally. But pretty close.
This software takes a fresh approach to both project management and billing (yes, the pun was most definitely intended). The tool is primarily focused on invoice and expense tracking, but that’s not all that FreshBooks can do for freelance writers.
Other integrated tools include time tracking, estimates, projects, collaboration, and mobile communication. Billed as a ‘cloud accounting’ tool, freelancers can integrate this across all of the platforms and devices that they use. In other words, freelance writers like ourselves could choose to use the software as an all-in-one project management tool. Again, if you’re like me, the fact that the subscription is only $15 per month is a pretty attractive feature.
Compared to Trello and Freshbooks, ClickUp is somewhat of a newcomer to the task management scene. But in the relatively short time it’s been around, ClickUp has been making some serious waves. Users praise the platform’s flexibility and customization, allowing you to create a task or workflow for just about any situation. And since freelancers typically work on a wide variety of projects at any given time, customization is an absolute must!
ClickUp allows you to build tasks, projects, and even entire workspaces exactly how you need them to look. Create the perfect task for any assignment with Custom Fields and Statuses, multiple assignees, Docs, and attachments, and then save it as a template to reuse later. You can even tailor how tasks are organized and how they connect to one another by adding task relationships.
Plus, ClickUp integrates with over 1,000 other tools, including Zoom, Slack, and cloud storage such as Box and Google Drive. It even features a two-way Google Calendar integration, perfect for keeping all your meetings right alongside your work.
Of course, these are just three tools out of dozens. If you’re still not sure which of these top three project management tools are just right for freelance writing or want to explore other options, I have some more good news. You can read reviews left by real users to help you get a better understanding about which of these top project management tools will be right for you.
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